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Under Bridge Inspection Equipment Available for Rent at Northern Strands

Narrow bridge? Low clearance bridge? No problem. The Northern Strands HP 32 Hydra Platform is able to work in tight confines with ease. Recently deployed on a secondary highway just 2 lanes wide with no shoulders, the Hydra Platform was able to complete the project well within the confines of a single lane, with minimal disruption of traffic flow. This particular bridge project also had a fairly restricted amount of clearance from underside of bridge to the water, but our HP 32 was able to get the workers safely under the bridge to quickly and easily complete their tasks.  

Our customer had us scheduled for 2-3 days on the project, but due to the Hydra Platforms quick deployment time, our portion of the work was completed in less than 1 day!

The Northern Strands® Hydra Platform trailer-mounted model HP 32 is a comprehensively equipped under-bridge access and work platform, mounted on a mobile trailer for versatility. Each Northern Strands® Hydra Platform trailer model features a patented Tower Separation System, which includes hydraulically adjustable cross-linking arms between the main outside vertical tower and the turntable sub-frame, mounted on the trailer. This allows operators to erect and extend the tower and the platform over pedestrian sidewalks and other barriers without restricting the under-bridge operations. On all its trailer-mounted models, Northern Strands Hydra Platform offers standard Dual Side Hydraulic Outrigger Stabilizers, providing maximum stability and an added level of safety. It’s all part of the commitment of Northern Strands Hydra Platform to provide the utmost in safety and quality to its customers.

The Hydra Platform is the ideal under bridge access equipment:
  • Repairs
  • Bridge rehabilitation
  • Stripping operations
  • Painting and sandblasting
  • General maintenance
  • Replacement and maintenance of bearings
  • Installation and maintenance of under-bridge pipes and cables and more!
To inquire about renting please contact Northern Strands Suspended Access Division:
Call 306-242-7073
or see the attached brochure
Hydra Platform HP 32 Brochure.pdf (1.1MB

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

Northern Strands Safety Training Division Now Offering Overhead Crane Operator Training!

Northern Strands is pleased to announce that it now offers a Overhead Crane Operator Course for overhead travelling cranes up to 50 tonnes in capacity! 

The overhead crane safety course is based on the Table 16 requirements for a competent operator that are set out in the Appendix of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 here in Saskatchewan.  Learners can now get their full, 40 hour overhead crane course from Northern Strands, which includes a full-day below the hook rigging course as well as hand signal training. 

Overhead travelling crane certification can be achieved in either a 5 or 4 days, depending on how many hours per day the learners want to put in. The 4 day certification requires 10 hour days to make up the total 40 hours of combined practical and theory training.   

Competent operator training for an overhead crane is designed to be as hands-on as possible to let learners get as much time actually operating an overhead crane as they can during the course.

If you are seeking training for a competent operator of an overhead travelling crane up to 50 tonne in capacity, contact us anytime and we can make it happen!

Northern Strands Safety Training Division also offers the following safety training courses:

  • Rigging Training
  • Fall Arrest Training.
  • Tugger Safety Training
  • Suspended Access Equipment Training
  • Emergency Medical Responder Training
  • Medical First Responder Training
  • All levels of First Aid / CPR Training

Contact us to learn more:


or visit our Safety Training webpage 

All Northern Strands Trainers are fully accredited and certified.

Northern Strands Sponsors First Responders at First Nations University Pow Wow 2017

The FNU Pow Wow 2017 was last weekend at the Brandt Center in Regina. The First Nations University Pow Wow is one of the largest in Canada, with hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators. Northern Strands sponsored the events first responders, Northern Strands T.E.A.M Response.  T.E.A.M Response is composed of first responder volunteers, including two of our own Safety Trainers, Cassenna Parameter and Belinda Mitchell.  The Nine members of T.E.A.M Response volunteered 160 hours over the 2 days, providing basic medical services for the First Nations event.  

The volunteers honored the First Nations people, Northern Strands and all involved by displaying professionalism, empathy and compassion to everyone in need of assistance. In appreciation, an honorable mention was made on behalf of Northern Strands T.E.A.M. Response as part of the Master of Ceremonies opening speech. 

Regina’s Police Chief Evan Bray stood as honor guard for the event.  Coincidentally, his daughter volunteers with T.E.A.M. Response. Father and daughter posed for the picture you see below.